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Remote desktop is... useable, but I'd like to get a proper remote terminal window open on the Windows XP machine, like I'm able to with Linux. A quick Google points at this, but it looks like it's only for Vista/Server.

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You might have better luck asking this at superuser.com –  Douglas Dec 22 '09 at 1:07
    
Ooh, never seen that site. Thanks :) –  Krougan Dec 22 '09 at 1:10
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This seems to be what I was looking for, an SSH server for windows: superuser.com/questions/64058/windows-ssh-servers –  Krougan Dec 22 '09 at 1:14

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Actually, you can use PsExec to launch a remote shell, rather than just separate commands. Just specify cmd as the program:

psexec \\1.2.3.4 -u user -p pass cmd

although for security reasons, you'll probably want to use SSH. freeSShd (server) and PuTTY (client) are more than adequate.

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From the superuser.com thread:

http://www.freesshd.com/

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The closest I've ever found is using a SSH client, but I only dabble in Windows territory!

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And that worked? It gave you a remote terminal? –  Krougan Dec 22 '09 at 1:08
    
Try chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html –  mr1989foster Dec 22 '09 at 1:20
    
It should work just like ssh on linux/mac... (should)... –  mr1989foster Dec 22 '09 at 1:21

I've used PsExec, from PsTools to run commands on remote systems. Although this won't give you a true, interactive shell, it can be useful for automatic specific tasks on remote machines. The other strength of PsExec is that you do not need to modify the remote system in any way, installing and running PsExec on the "client" machine is sufficient.

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Windows XP already includes a Telnet server. You can secure it with IPSEC if you want.

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